Nevada Wolf Pack notebook: Hall, Cooke score few points but make big plays | NevadaAppeal.com

Nevada Wolf Pack notebook: Hall, Cooke score few points but make big plays

RENO — Josh Hall and Hallice Cooke only scored three points between them, but the duo made some big plays down the stretch to help Nevada hold off Boise State, 74-68, Saturday at Lawlor Events Center.

Cooke, the Iowa State transfer, played 29 minutes and scored two points but pulled down a season-best seven rebounds.

Hall played 14 minutes and finished with four rebounds and a single free throw

Cooke tied up a Boise State player with 1:27 left and Nevada holding on to a 68-67 lead. Hall came up with a defensive rebound in traffic with 31 seconds left was fouled, and then made a free throw to make it 70-67 with 29 seconds left.

Cooke made another big play when he knocked the ball off Alex Hobbs' legs for a turnover with 16 seconds left, and then he put the game on ice with two free throws.

CODY GETS IN

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Cody Martin (Achilles strain) didn't start the game, but he entered the contest with 14:20 left in the opening half. He had three rebounds, two assists and two steals in his first-half stint.

He finished with four points, three assists, three rebounds in 21 minutes before fouling out.

"He tried to get through practice Monday and had a little pain," Musselman said. "We always shoot when we get to the next city. I wasn't there because I went to watch my son's high school game, and I got texts saying his foot was sore just from shooting. I didn't want to play him against San Jose State.

"I was going to call his name some time in the first half. He told me it had tightened up a little. We'll rest and see how it feels."

TEN MAGIC NUMBER FOR BSU

The Broncos entered the Mountain West Conference season with a 10-2 record. This is the seventh time the Broncos have won 10-plus games during the non-conference season, and the fifth time under coach Leon Rice.

BY THE NUMBERS

Entering the game, Nevada's RPI sat at 19 with a strength of schedule of 78 … The latest ESPN Bracketology has Nevada as a No. 8 seed playing Butler in the first round in Detroit … Saturday's attendance of 11,164 was the largest crowd of the season and ranks 11th in school history … Jordan Caroline recorded his eighth double-double of the season and the 22nd of his career that is tied for the 10th most in school history. Nevada is 21-1 when Caroline posts a double-double … Nevada has had a 20-point scorer in 18 of the 21 games, and this was the 10th game that two Nevada players, Caroline (22) and Caleb Martin (28) eclipsed the 20-point mark.